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    Rank Australia's opening batsman options

    This is my ranking of Australia's Test opening batsmen of the last two years:

    1. Warner
    2. Burns
    3. Harris
    4. Khawaja
    5. Bancroft
    6. Renshaw
    7. Finch

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    Renshaw higher

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    As an outsider I can't see why Renshaw is so far out of favour, looked a far better player than most in the time I have seen him.

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    Yeh, not sure what happened with Renshaw. Looked far more assured than the other options imo
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    The rest are ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundking View Post
    Warner
    Khawaja

    The rest are ****.
    This is, alas, probably accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    As an outsider I can't see why Renshaw is so far out of favour, looked a far better player than most in the time I have seen him.
    Basically he hasn't scored a run in the last 12 months.
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    He ran off to use the dunny in India instead of shitting his pants like the great Dean Jones would have
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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    As an outsider I can't see why Renshaw is so far out of favour, looked a far better player than most in the time I have seen him.
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    Yeh, not sure what happened with Renshaw. Looked far more assured than the other options imo
    He was dropped when he probably shouldn't have been (after Bangladesh tour I think), and then the next summer when selection was wide open in the first 3-4 rounds of the Shield he made about 3 runs. Total. No way he could have been selected after that. Similar thing happened the next time selection was open slather IIRC. He just completely ****s the bed every time it matters.

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    It's not quite as dramatic as TJB said but he was scoring 20s and 30s and getting out. The first run of bad form happened when Langer was publicly pushing for Bancroft to be picked and there were about three shield games to that point where he didn't score a lot. Came back at the back end of the season and scored 3 tons and ended up near the top of the shield charts.

    Then he got picked to go on the Pakistan tour last year and subsequently was dropped for having a "lack of match practice" by Langer literally because he was unable to play the practice game because he was concussed fielding at short leg (his last competitive match was a couple of months earlier in county cricket). Got sent home from tour while Finch got a run as opener.

    Came back and was decent in the first half of the season without getting a hundred but feel away form- wise dramatically in the second half.

    He'll be back probably, but I thought Maddinson and Henriques were guaranteed test players as youngsters as well.

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    To put it in perspective, Renshaw was as bad as Labuschagne in the shield last summer.

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    Actually I just checked hits scores from last season. Scored a lot of 20s all season, indicating he was doing the hard work and then finding a way to get out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Actually I just checked hits scores from last season. Scored a lot of 20s all season, indicating he was doing the hard work and then finding a way to get out.
    Been tending to play around a stiff front leg. Shouldn't be too hard to correct but it hasn't happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    It's not quite as dramatic as TJB said
    It really was. First 4 Shield games of 2017/18 when the spot was up for grabs (and ended up with Bancroft):

    17, 16 v Victoria
    1, 19 v Tasmania
    16, 1 v NSW
    18, 7 v WA

    he literally didn't get to 20 once in 8 innings

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    Bancroft really does look like his favourite item of clothing is a wife beater singlet, doesn't he? Not particularly likeable.

    Fwiw I thought he looked pretty good last night though, until he got out. Didn't need to play at the ball either, but it was a very good spell first up from Broad in particular.
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